Our first daughter, Megan, had been asking and hoping for a brother or sister for quite awhile. My wife and I learned we were expecting last fall, and we told Megan about it Christmas Eve. Naturally, Megan was excited, and eagerly anticipated Sarah's arrival.
So far, Megan has been handling the adjustment extremely well. She understands Sarah's needs, and the time my wife and I have to give to Sarah. Fortunately, Megan has embraced the challenges rather than avoiding the situation. Megan has been more than willing to lend a hand.
That's one advantage of having two children with a six year age difference, the older child -- assuming they're willing -- can be a great help with the newborn.
Watching Megan interact with Sarah has been one of the treats of this whole experience.
And yes, she's been a great help.
Megan has a Barney guitar that plays music whenever you place your hand thru the circle in the base of the guitar.
One day while we were changing Sarah, she was crying, and the pacifier wasn't calming her down. Megan grabbed her guitar, starting playing some music, and Sarah stopped crying.
Just last night, same thing. Sarah was crying during a changing and Megan instantly went for the guitar and soon Sarah was quiet as can be soaking in the sounds of "B-I-N-G-O".
One of the little joys of parenthood.
And certainly music to mom and dad's ears as well.